And here is the all-time worst staging of this aria. You’re welcome.
Beverly Sills sings Cleopatra’s “Da tempeste” from Handel’s Giulio Cesare
The great dramatic mezzo Ebe Stignani singing Arsace’s aria ‘Ah, quel giorno’ from Rossini’s opera Semiramide.
Stignani here showcasing all her Bel Canto virtuosity in the heaviest and most intricate role Rossini wrote for the mezzo/contralto voice. Accentuated by a gorgeously dense middle voice, Stigani manages to maintain a luxurious legato polish consistently throughout the vocal line, from florid, lighter passages down into dark, rich low passages, again highlighting superb chest placement and the ability to sing with a broad spectrum of colour.
The coloratura is absolutely masterful for such a huge voice. Incredibly nimble and without aspirations or drops in support. The essence of Bel Canto singing.
You have to be odd to be number one.
Sorry for the late update — I was a bit unwell today. But I do have two chapters for you, so I hope it was worth the wait! :)
The Times Are Nightfall is an AU re-telling of Mozart’s opera, Don Giovanni.
TW (ch 3): mention/thoughts of suicide
I don’t know what this is, but I love it.